Knee Jerk Tuesdays

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by Three Point Stance Managing Editor Brandon Rush | @BrandonRush |

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We have officially entered the witching hour, no not Halloween, but a scary time of year for top college football teams. Three consecutive weeks, Top Ten teams have been beaten or beaten themselves and been sacrificed to the gods of college football.

We still have a mayhem weekend in us, and for some of those one and two loss teams, they better hope it comes or they’ll be spending bowl season (AKA Football Festivus) on the outside of the brackets.

Bit of a snoozer for Minnesota, but the Vikings should have called out Kirk Cousins sooner… SMU is 8-0, best thing that could have happened to them was getting rid of Chad Morris. I am sure many Arkansas fans would agree…

Clay Helton is the luckiest damn coach in the game right now. Many had him pegged to be canned before the end of September, sits 8 points away from being 7-1…

Ohio State kicked the dog snot out of Wisconsin. Is it just me, or do the Badgers seem to have this kind of season EVERY season?… Oklahoma’s new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch dressed as Mike Stoops for Halloween, and the trick was on the Sooners as they gave up a season high 48 points in a loss at K-State… Michigan saves Harbaugh’s job?… Penn States reckoning is coming… Ohhhhhhhhh Texas, they are back, to being mediocre… 8-0 Minnesota. PJ Fleck living right, although the Gophers have had a fairly easy schedule this far. November is BRUTAL… Iowa State and Arizona State, woof… Wonder if Louisville fans are happy Jeff Brohm stayed at Purdue? Boilermakers are 2-6 while the Cards are one win shy of Bowl eligibility post-Petrino… Wyoming is gritty, bowl eligible, but wont get an invite if they don’t beat Boise next weekend… Can anyone clue me in on Stanford? I can NOT figure them out… Indiana is bowl eligible, BEFORE BASKETBALL SEASON. Last time that happened was 2007. Last time before that? 1993 (H/T to site contributor and crack researcher Zack Couch for that nugget)… Texas Tech went from blocking a game winning FG, to fumbling the return, only to have Kansas recover the fumble with one second left and then knock thru the game winner… Temple. Got. Worked. Thought they were better than that… Memphis survives as Tulsa misses a game winning FG at the buzzer, and now sets up Gameday on Beale Street before SMU Saturday…

Matt Schaub threw for 460 yards and no pick sixes in relief of an injured Matt Ryan. I am shook… If Buffalo had any offense to speak of they could make a run… OHhhhhhhhhhhhhh Chicago. Wasting a Top 5 D… Detroit is 3-3-1, but are 7 points away from 6-1. They are going to be a tough out if they make the playoffs… Denver, wasting a Top 5 D… That Jacoby Brissett throw to T.Y. Hilton from his own end zone to avoid a safety and preserve a Colts game winning drive was maybe the play of the weekend… Ohhhhhhh Bengals. Woof… Sam Darnold, still seeing ghosts… San Francisco hung a 50-burger on Carolina. If they can stay healthy, watch out… OOOOOOOHHHHHHHH Cleveland. Incredibly undisciplined and sloppy… Deshawn Watson single handedly carrying Houston to another Wild Card Weekend exit. Thats not an insult, just a statement of his ability in spite of the assembled talent around him and his coaches… Drew Brees. Pretty Good… Still convinced that Aaron Rodgers was throwing that ball away. Hell of an effort by Aaron Jones…

Miami’s season in a nutshell. 17 seconds left in the 2nd, Steelers facing 3rd and 20 from the Dolphins 45. WORST case scenario you give up a pass over the middle that sets the Steelers up for a long field goal in a stadium that is historically a tough place to kick in.

Then this happens.

Diontae Johnson scores on the play, James Washington absolutely dumptrucks a defender at the goal line while escorting his teammate to the end zone and a 14-0 lead disintegrates and Miami drops to 0-7. Tank for Tua still in action…

Helmet Stickers
USC QB Kedon Slovis – Started the year third on the depth chart, throws for 406 yards and four touchdowns in a win at Colorado.

UCONN RB Kenvin Mensah – 164 yards rushing and 5 (!!!) scores in a win at UMASS.

Houston WR Marquez Stevenson – 211 yards and 2 touchdowns on just five catches.

Ohio State DE Chase Young – 4 sacks, two forced fumbles, and according to some, put himself in the conversation for the Heisman.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp – 220 yards, but the game was in London, so I am not sure on the exchange rate there.

Steelers RB James Conner – 145 yards and a touchdown in a bruising performance on Monday night.

Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville – Dressing as a ghost with Sam Darnold in the building was just majestic.

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